The technical shutdown of the Huelva facilities of Magnon Green Energy, an energy subsidiary of the Ence Group, has involved an investment of 3.25 million euros to carry out periodic review and maintenance operations at all the facilities, as well as operational improvements and environmental issues that need to have the production process stopped to be implemented. In total, points of more than 700 people have been generated working in a coordinated manner during the 3 weeks that the annual shutdown has lasted.
This is a common operation in the industrial sector, in which one of the main management challenges is to guarantee the safety of people and safely coordinate the additional entry of more than 70 contracted companies that join the company’s workforce. .
To ensure the correct development of the great variety and quantity of scheduled work, a specific safety plan has been launched, as every year, during the shutdown with which the process has been completed with zero accidents. The main objective of this plan is to coordinate the multiple tasks and reinforce supervision so that operations are carried out safely, and for another year it has once again included specific protocols against Covid.
For Magnon, the technical shutdown is a key moment in the year, because during it several of the main lines of its management materialize: environmental and safety excellence, the continuous improvement of its results and facilities, and the social commitment and economical with the environment.
As every year, in addition to the maintenance, inspection and cleaning work, the annual shutdown has been used to introduce operational and environmental improvements, which on this occasion have focused on the implementation of emission measurement systems, in accordance with the Best Available Techniques recommended by the European Union, and in the segregation and treatment of effluents.
Special mention deserves the progress in the construction of a new photovoltaic solar plant for energy self-consumption of the Huelva operations center. With the capacity to generate up to 1,879 MWh per year, it will mean being able to cover up to 65% of the electricity demand of the entire complex. With this installation, whose start-up is scheduled for the end of this year, Magnon further reduces external electricity consumption and manages to make biomass grinding more efficient and sustainable, the process operation with the highest energy demand, essential to prepare the raw material with which the boilers are fed.
In Magnon Huelva, there are three power generation plants operating from biomass that add up to 137 MW of installed power, enough to cover the electricity needs of a population with more than 800,000 inhabitants.